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Explore Easter Ross

Easter Ross

As romantic as it is historic

With its seaboard villages, Easter Ross is full of history and romance – an area blessed with a fabulous pictish past, unsurpassed views from the Fyrish monument and seals basking along the shoreline. Learn how whisky is made– Easter Ross is home to three malt whisky distilleries!

Easter Ross Map

Easter Ross sits on the east coast of the North Coast 500 and offers unparalleled views across the waters to Aberdeenshire which can be seen from the shores of Portmahomack, Milton and Cadboll. Explore the fishing villages along the east coast + find out what else you can get up to in Easter Ross.

For more information,check out www.exploreeasterross.co.uk

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Photos: Andrew Dowsett Photography: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, Rockfield, Portmoahmack, Invergordon


Discover the attractions in Easter Ross worth that extra mile

Whilst we hope to promote the North Coast 500 as a designated route throughout the North Highlands of Scotland, we really want everyone to explore the places in and near the route too! There are hundreds of things to see and do that require that extra mile for the whole Highland experience!

Go ‘off the beaten track’ and discover the towns, villages and hamlets off the route. Discover your own hidden gems. Check out our itineraries for inspiration and our ‘what to see and do area’ of our website.


Handy Information about your adventure

  • Easter Ross is situated along the east coast on the A9
  • Train lines flow through most of the towns via Inverness
  • The Pictish Trail  flows through Easter Ross and brings together all of the carvings and marks left by the lost people.

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Dolphin View Properties

Sandbank, Chapel Hill, Portmahomack, IV20 1YH
+44 (0)7479 364 634

Four seaside holiday cottages in the Scottish highlands. Dolphin view cottages are situated on the seafront of the picturesque village of Portmahomack, the small fishing village lies on the peninsula between the moray firth and the Dornoch firth. With uninterrupted panoramic views over the Dornoch firth to the Sutherland mountains, the cottages are the perfect […]

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Sports and Model Shop

Sports and Model Shop, 66 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9RY
+44 (0)1349 862 346

Daily and weekly fishing permits available for the River Conon. Fishing tackle and bait available. We are also one of only 5 model shops in Scotland- well worth a visit. NC500 Member Discount Available: 10% off RRP Proof of Membership required (please show your Welcome Email or Gold Membership Club 500 ID Card).

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Picaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh

Picaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh, 55 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL
+44 (0)1349 863 140

Book Shop and Gallery well worth a visit. Paintings and prints, new and old books with an emphasis on the Highlands. Local crafts, ceramics, other collectables including maps and jewellery.

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Dornoch Firth Caravan Park

Dornoch Firth Caravan Park, Meikle Ferry South, Tain, IV19 1JX
+44 (0)1862 892 292

Dornoch Firth Caravan Park is a peaceful, family-owned holiday park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Set amongst picturesque rural and coastal scenery, the park enjoys expansive views of the beautiful Dornoch Firth. It is easily accessible, just off the A9 and only 45 minutes north of Inverness. The park makes an ideal base […]

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The Shandwick Stone

The Shandwick Stone, Shandwick Trust, Tain, IV20 1UT
+44 (0)1862 893 798

The Shandwick Stone (Clach a’Charridh) has stood majestically overlooking the Moray Firth for over 1000 years. One of three beautifully carved Pictish/early Christian cross slabs still in Easter Ross.

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The Storehouse Restaurant and Farm Shop

The Storehouse Restaurant and Farm Shop, Foulis Ferry, Evanton, IV16 9UX
+44 (0)1349 830 038

Situated near the start – or end of the North Coast 500! The Storehouse restaurant, farm shop and gift shop is located on the banks of the Cromarty Firth, enclosed in a fully-restored 18th century storehouse. Restaurant Our self-service restaurant is popular among locals and visitors! Renowned throughout the area for our delicious food – from […]

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Delny Glamping

Delny House, Delny, Invergordon IV18 0NP
+44 (0)7714 432 292

Surrounded by rolling mountains and highland wild life. Enjoy the unique experience of sleeping under the highland stars with the Cromarty Firth as your backdrop. Whether your stay at Delny Glamping is to catch up on some much-needed family time or for a couple’s romantic getaway, this is definitely the place for you. Delny Glamping […]

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North Motorhomes

21 Cromlet Park, Invergordon, IV18 0RN
+44 (0)7788 418 645

North Motorhomes is a luxury motorhome hire service. We are based in the Highlands of Scotland with extensive knowledge within the customer experience industry. Our motorhomes are brand new and come packed with a load of extras included within the price such as unlimited mileage, insurance, gas and a very special little gift from North […]

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Kiltearn House

Kiltearn House, Kiltearn, Evanton, Ross-shire IV16 9UY
+44 (0)1349 830 617

A friendly welcome awaits you at Kiltearn House. We are a family-run 4 Star Gold accredited Visit Scotland and Michelin Guest House offering hotel standards with a personal touch. This Victorian former Manse is set in a beautiful countryside location directly on the coast with magnificent sea views across the Cromarty Firth. Fitness tracks and signposted […]

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North Coast Classics

Unit 2, 6 Fodderty Way, Dingwall, IV15 9XB
+44 (0)7889 671 812

North Coast Classics offer self-drive classic car hire in the Highlands of Scotland. Our hire fleet currently comprises a 1964 Volvo Amazon 122S, a 1978 MGB Roadster, and a 1973 Volvo 1800ES sports estate, all excellent and reliable cars for a NC500 road trip. Check our website for more details of our cars, availability and […]

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Tarbat Discovery Centre

Tarbat Discovery Centre, Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain, IV20 1YA
+44 (0)1862 891 351

Tarbat Discovery Centre is a local heritage museum, learning and activity centre situated on the Tarbat Peninsula, and set within the attractive fishing village of Portmahomack. The site was excavated in the 90s by the University of York and is of national significance being one of the earliest Christian sites in Britain dating from the […]

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The Selkie Lady – Diana Bertoldi

3 Swordale Steading South, Evanton, IV16 9XA
+44 (0)7814 519 934

Our guide and driver services make your stay in Scotland truly magical and unforgettable. From Outlander to history, from Castles to Whisky, live the land like no other. Find your favourite tour among the ones on my website or contact me to design your bespoke dream tour. Families with children and specially gifted guests are […]

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Seaboard Memorial Hall

Seaboard Memorial Hall, East Street, Balintore, Tain, IV20 1UA
+44 (0)1862 832 888

The Seaboard Centre caters for all travellers and tourists to the Highlands. We are perfectly positioned in the picturesque Seaboard Villages with spectacular views of the Moray Firth. As a central part of the Pictish trail, we are home to the original base of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Stone and the famous Mermaid of […]

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The Old Manse Bed & Breakfast

The Old Manse Bed and Breakfast, Kildary, Invergordon, IV18 0NZ
+44 (0)1862 842 357

The Old Manse was built circa 1780s and is set in large woodland gardens, just off the A9. We offer three spacious bedrooms, two doubles, one with ensuite the other with large private bathroom, not shared, and a twin with ensuite. There is ample secure parking with lockable storage for bikes/motorbikes. Tain, Scotland’s oldest Royal […]

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Victoriana Clothing

Victoriana Clothing, 57, High Street, Alness, IV17 0SH
+44 (0)1349 884 812

Victoriana Clothing offers many popular brands in casual womenswear including Joules, Seasalt, Lily & Me, Mistral, Nomads, Weirdfish to name a few along with fashion accessories

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Glenmorangie House

Glenmorangie House, Cadboll, by Fearn, Tain, IV20 1XP
+44 (0)1862 871 671

Overlooking the unspoilt shores of the Moray Firth and nestled amongst the ruins of an old castle, Glenmorangie’s Highland home is both luxurious and intimate. With everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel, but with the warmth and personality of a country house party, this really is a special place to come and experience […]

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RSPB Scotland Nigg Bay Nature Reserve

RSPB Nigg Bay, Tain IV19, UK
+44 (0)1463 715 000

Nigg Bay reserve is a vast area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland that lies along the NC500 route. It is located within the Cromarty Firth Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection area. Take a seat in the well placed hide and listen to the ‘bubbling’ call of the curlew, gaze at graceful […]

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Seaboard Breaks

Seaboard Breaks, Broomtown Farm, Balintore, IV20 1XN
+44 (0)1862 842 552

This recently constructed Scandinavian pine log cabin is situated 10 minutes walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Seaboard Villages of Shandwick, Balintore and Hilton in Easter Ross. The cabin is positioned in trees adjacent to a working farm and offers stunning views West to Ben Wyvis and North to the hills and mountains […]

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Tain & District Museum

Tain & District Museum, Tower Street, Tain, IV19 1DY
+44 (0)1862 894 089

Tain & District Museum and Clan Ross Center opens the door to the history of Tain, an ancient royal burgh in the north of the Highlands of Scotland. It is set in a complex of three buildings; a medieval collegiate church, a museum, and a visitor centre in an old schoolhouse, all within an atmospheric […]

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George Cockburn & Son

George Cockburn & Son, 19 Mill Street, Dingwall, IV15 9PZ
+44 (0)1349 862 315

We are a long established family butchers shop. We sell locally reared beef, lamb and pork as well as seasonal game when available. All our products from sausages and burgers to our renowned steak pies are produced in our shop. It was in 1976 that we received national recognition for winning the title of Scotland’s […]

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Whisky & Tweed

5a, Ross Street, Tain, IV19 1BA
+44 (0)7733 113 026

Travel Scotland in comfort and at your own pace with your very own Highlander to guide you. We provide luxury private tours for up to six people and specialise in ensuring that your experience is authentic, relaxed and enjoyable

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Edderton Lodge

Edderton Lodge, Station Road, Edderton, Ross-Shire IV19 1LB
+44 (0)1862 821 499

Edderton Lodge sits in a quiet country location on the outskirts of the small village of Edderton on the shores of the Dornoch Firth. Ideally located for touring the North of Scotland, it’s the perfect base to explore the North Coast 500. Dornoch are Tain are both a short drive away, and Balblair Distillery just […]

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Silverback Gym & Fitness

Unit 4a, Blairlaith Industrial Estate, Tain, Ross-Shire, IV19 1EB
+44 (0)7947 849 962

A family run fitness facility in Tain offering a wide variety of strength and cardio equipment. Day and week passes available for use between 7am-10pm Monday-Friday and 8am-8pm Saturday-Sunday. PT is available by appointment  only. Pop along and have a look around. The kettle is always on. We look forward to seeing you. NC500 Member […]

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Birdwatchers’ Cabin

Balblair Cottage, Little Ferry, Golspie, KW10 6TA
+44 (0)7799 887 770

The Birdwatchers’ beach line luxury cabin A unique and cosy off grid log cabin nestled on the edge of Balblair woods in the Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve. Perfect for unwinding and taking in the nature all around or as a relaxing and comfortable  stop over on your journey around the North Coast 500. We […]

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Tarrel Farm Lochan (Galbraith)

Tarrel Farm, Portmahomack, IV20 1SL
+44 (0)1463 224 343

For Sale (via Galbraith) A house site in a unqiue water and woodland setting Planning in principle for one house An exquisite, completely secluded setting Three acre lochan with islands and jetty Approximately 26 acres of semi-mature woodland A natural habitat for wildlife Trout fishing About 11 hectares (28 acres) in all SITUATION Tarrel Farm […]

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Liquid Footprints

IV15 9LY
+44 (0)7768 095 228

We are a wee family-run business offering a range of outdoor experiences such as canoeing, sea kayaking, gorge scrambling and mountain guiding. Discover the amazing landscape, food and history of the Scottish Highlands via these unique activities. All of our sessions are tailor-made to you and your group’s requirements. We also have a range of […]

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The Shoe Room

The Shoe Room, 60, High Street, Alness, IV17 0SG
+44 (0)1349 884 812

The Shoe Room situated on the High Street in Alness offers a fantastic selection of footwear for the whole family.

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The Eating Plaice

The Eating Plaice, 44, High Street, Alness, IV17 0SP
+44 (0)1349 883 994

Whether it’s a chippy or a sandwich, The Eating Plaice is your destination

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Carnegie Cafe

Carnegie Cafe, Well Street, Portmahomack, IV20 1YD
+44 (0)1862 871 798

Portmahomack is a well kept secret, being a village that sits on the Tarbat peninsula of Easter Ross on the shores of the Dornoch Firth. Just off the North Coast 500 Portmahomack is an east coast village, facing west, boasting beautiful scenery, glorious views and sunsets and even the occasional dolphin! Walk the beautiful sandy […]

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Heathfield Highland Estate

Heathfield Highland Estate, Heathfield, Invergordon IV18 0LN
+44 (0)7515 333 805

Heathfield Highland Farm Cottages is a former farm steading set in beautiful countryside about 25 miles North of Inverness. With superb views, our holiday homes provide the ideal base to discover the Highlands. Heathfield offers four luxury self-catering cottages and two farmhouses, all superbly equipped with tasteful quality furnishings and with all the home comforts […]

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Slioch Apartments – Apartment 1

Castle Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HU
+44 (0)1463 224 343

For Sale (via Galbraith) **VIRTUAL TOUR AVAILABLE** A development of 8 superb apartments in a handsome Victorian house. Apartment 1 – Ground floor two bedroom apartment. Open plan Lounge and Dining Kitchen. 2 Bedrooms. Bathroom. Executive apartments completed to the highest standard. Original features complimented by top quality fittings. In a desirable and peaceful residential […]

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Balnagown Estates

Baldagown Estate, Invergordon IV18 0NU
+44 (0)1862 843 601

Balnagown Estates offer a selection of superb luxury lodges, houses, and cottages, with each being located within close proximity to the North Coast 500. The accommodation is ideally located for holidays in the Scottish Highlands and activities such as walking, fishing, golf, exploring, bird watching and nature, or of course just for a truly relaxing […]

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TroutQuest

TroutQuest, Dalgheal House, Dingwall, IV16 9XH
+44 (0)1349 830 606

TroutQuest offers fly fishing experiences for salmon and wild brown trout on numerous rivers and lochs in Ross-shire, and guided excursions throughout the Northern Highlands and along the North Coast 500 route. We offer GAIC-qualified fly fishing instruction for trout and salmon, fishing experiences for beginners or experienced anglers, and specialise in custom ‘Learn to […]

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Dalmore Farm Cottages

Dalmore Farm Cottages, Dalmore Farm, Alness, IV17 0UX
+44 (0)7740 410 257

Dalmore, a family farm in the heart of the Highlands

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Pitcalzean House

Pitcalzean House, Pitcalnie, Near Tain, IV19 1QT
+44 (0)7824 536 446

Close to Tain, Pitcalzean House is a Georgian Country House offering exclusive use self catering accommodation. Suitable for a large group of friends or family; NC500 tour groups; or perhaps a business get together. The main house on its own can accommodate up to 22 persons comfortably, with the additional beds in the dormitory together […]

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Novar Arms Hotel

Novar Arms Hotel, 11 Balconie Street, Evanton, IV16 9UN
+44 (0)1349 830 012

The Novar Arms provides serviced accommodation, supplying superior rooms to the oil industry. The accommodation consitis of 18 twin bedrooms and 4 single bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms.

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Kincraig Castle Hotel

Kincraig Castle Hotel, Near Tomich, By Invergordon, Ross-shire, IV18 0LF
+44 (0)1349 852 587

Kincraig Castle Hotel is an award-winning 4-star country house hotel in the heart of the Highlands. Situated on the iconic North Coast 500 route and only 25 minutes from Inverness, it’s the perfect retreat for tranquillity, sublime comfort and exceptional food. For centuries, the castle was home to generations of the Clan MacKenzie and it […]

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Black Rock Caravan Park

Black Rock Caravan Park, Balconie Street, Evanton, IV16 9UN
+44 (0)1349 830 917

A whole new experience! We are situated near the start and end of your NC500 travels. Located in the scenic Glen Glass and named after the close by Black Rock Gorge, a 120 foot deep chasm carved out by the River Glass. Our park is situated in the village of Evanton, about 1 mile from the […]

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Toulvaddie Distillery

Toulvaddie Distillery, Fearn Aerodrome, Fearn, IV20 1XW
+44 (0)1862 808 138

First Scotch Whisky Distillery to be founded soley by a woman. Producing Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

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NORTHCOASTGLASS

NORTHCOASTGLASS, 2 Chapel Street, Tain, IV19 1EL
+44 (0)1862 893 189

The NORTHCOASTGLASS studio and gallery is a rare and unique find. This highly acclaimed glass studio is located in the ancient burgh of Tain, a picturesque town on the NC500 route on the East coast of Scotland. Established in 2015 by internationally renowned artists Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns, this vibrant studio creates glass works […]

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